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Cruise Planning – What To Do And What Not To

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Petit Le Mans will be the anniversary of Scott Tucker’s professional debut

The pinnacle of the 2011 American Le Mans series takes place on Oct. 1 with the 14th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. For Scott Tucker, driver and owner for Level 5 Motorsports, the race marks the beginning of his sixth year of professional racing. In 2006, he made his professional debut at Petit Le Mans, and from there, his career took off.

“There are not many Americans that get to race there, first and foremost, so I feel very privileged to be among that group,” he said. “This year, we’re the only American prototype team there. We feel very fortunate we were selected to race there.”

The Petit Le Mans race is an endurance race modeled after the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is its equivalent for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup series. Road Atlanta owner Don Panoz founded it, and the first iteration ran on Oct. 10, 1998-and Panoz must have had a thing for tens, because the race covers a maximum of 1,000 miles or a minimum of 10 hours, whichever comes first. Class winners of Petit Le Mans automatically qualify for the following year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Tucker has increasingly focused on the American Le Mans Series as his career has continued. After he founded Level 5 Motorsports in 2008, his main actions have included drafting talented veterans known for incredible precision even at maximum speeds. This year’s Petit Le Mans has unofficially been the holy grail in Tucker’s eyes: Mid-season, he announced the switch from the team’s Nos. 55 and 95 Microsoft Office-sponsored LMP2 cars to a brand new, right-off-the-line HPD ARX-01g chassis, the result of a partnership between Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research. Tucker pushed hard to get the car finished as quickly as possible, of course without sacrificing quality. While making the transition between cars, Tucker even withdrew from ALMS races in Lime Rock Park and a huge one at Silverstone in Great Britain, choosing instead to focus on the all-important Petit ahead.

Now, Tucker has added a fourth elite driver to his already well-stacked team. Marino Franchitti will join the team and its new car-which Tucker marks as best in its class-for the 2011 race at Road Atlanta. Franchitti has extensive experience with the HPD prototype family, having participated in the first year of development of the ARX-01a with Andretti Green Racing before spending some LMP2 time with Dyson Racing. The addition of Franchitti to the lineup is an obvious sign that Tucker is going for the win at Petit Le Mans, though that’s never not the case when Tucker enters a race track. He is a three-time national driving champion. Level 5 Motorsports’ performance in 2010 during its debut year in the American Le Mans Series sent them to the top of the podium and bumped them into the LMP2 category.

Tucker has made giant strides since his Petit Le Mans professional debut in 2006, and this year he’s possibly the most prepared he’s ever been. A victory would mean another addition to Tucker’s unbelievable record in the past five years, and moving to the LMP1 category would mean that Tucker has made it to the top class in the sport he seemingly was born to compete in. Whatever the results end up meaning for Level 5 Motorsports, the work they’ve already put in this year make it clear that the team is one of the most prolific, aggressive racing organizations in the world.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports Look to End Season on a High Note

Scott Tucker is looking for a successful conclusion to an extraordinary year of racing when they compete in the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 1.

An endurance sports car race covering 1,000 miles or 10 hours, Petit Le Mans is the final race of the 2011 season in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The event also serves as the second-to-last stop on the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) schedule.

The Level 5 Motorsports crew, headed by Scott Tucker, is particularly excited about the Petit Le Mans because both of the teams’ new HPD ARX-01g cars will be in action in the Le Mans Prototype 2, or LMP2, class. Both cars are sponsored by Microsoft Office 2010.

The Level 5 team’s No. 33 car, which is the crew’s ILMC entry, will be handled by Tucker, Christophe Bouchut of France and Joao Barbosa of Portugal.

In the Level 5 team’s No. 055 car, Tucker will be joined by Luis Diaz of Mexico and Marino Franchitti of Scotland. Franchitti, the newest addition to the Level 5 team, boasts a wealth of experience at the wheel of HPD prototypes. Franchitti, whose older brother is three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, will be seeking his third consecutive Petit Le Mans class victory.

The LMP2 division is seeing increasing competition and will will also include entries from United Autosports, Signatech Nissan and Oak Racing in the Petit Le Mans.

Tucker, the team owner who founded Level 5 in 2006 and earned Rookie of the Year honors in the American Le Mans Series in 2010, is looking to put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2011 season. Among other accomplishments including numerous podium appearances, Tucker notched his milestone 60th career victory this year.

As the 2011 season comes to a close, Tucker and his Level 5 teammates are planning to compete in the inaugural running of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2012. The 2012 WEC campaign, based on the format of the ILMC, is scheduled to include seven endurance sports car races including the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Races will take place in North America, Europe and Asia.

Viewers can catch the Petit Le Mans on ABC Sports at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Oct. 2. For live updates, visit www.americanlemans.com.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker After More Hardware at Road Atlanta

Level 5 Motorsports saved the best for last in qualifying for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, as Luis Diaz put the No. 055 Microsoft Office 2010-sponsored HPD ARX-01g on the LMP2 pole in thrilling fashion, leading a 1-3 qualifying effort for the Scott Tucker-owned organization.

Teammate Christophe Bouchut in Level 5’s Intercontinental Le Mans Cup-designated No. 33 Microsoft Office 2010 HPD ARX-01g held the top spot for the majority of the 15-minute prototype session but was bumped by the No. 26 Signatech ORECA-Nissan in the closing moments.

With time running out on the session, Bouchut was unable to respond after setting a respectable 1:12.729 lap time on the packed 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course. Diaz, however, made continual improvements in his Honda-powered prototype and completed one more flying lap just before the checkered flag flew. It ended up being the pole run for the 2009 American Le Mans Series LMP2 champion.

“It was a matter of having a clean lap,” Diaz said. “The LMP1 cars didn’t make our lives very easy. We were surprised because we know the speed of the Nissan, and to beat them here is very special. But the Level 5 guys did a great job with the car. They’ve worked around the clock in both Europe and here to prepare the cars. I think this pole is great motivation for the race.”

Tucker, is a a four-time driving champion following his title in last weekend’s SCCA National Runoffs at Road America. He has proven to be the busiest and most successful driver at Road Atlanta this week, having already earned three wins in five race starts.

He scored wins in both Thursday and Friday’s Cooper Tire IMSA Prototype Lites races while also cruising to victory in the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series 100-mile race in his Microsoft Office 2010-sponsored Ferrari 430 Challenge car. The Trans-Am victory in the Global GT class marked his 63rd career win.

“There was some great racing out there,” Tucker said. “It’s great to have earned three more wins in the last two days. We grabbed the pole for tomorrow, so there’s a lot of momentum building. We’re looking forward to the big one and hopefully getting back on the top step of the podium”

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker Wins Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship Race

In a week that has Scott Tucker slated to compete in a total of six different races, the Level 5 Motorsports driver got off to a strong start with a win in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship on Thursday. The win was Tucker’s third straight in the Lites 2 class.

Tucker will be taking stints in both the No. 33 and the No. 055 Microsoft Office 2010-sponsored HPD ARX-01g racecars on Saturday for Petit Le Mans – the famed 1,000-mile or 10-hour endurance race that marks the conclusion of the American Le Mans Series season.

He will also be tackling five support series races: the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites double-header, two rounds of the IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama series and Friday’s SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am event with Level 5’s Ferrari 458 Challenge car. This makes Tucker the busiest driver in the paddock.

Despite the other events on the schedule, the ultimate focus will be on delivering success on Saturday as Level 5 seeks to solidify its runner-up position in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP2 championship standings.

Level 5, which is searching for back-to-back Petit Le Mans victories after their LMPC win at Road Atlanta last year, has already locked up this year’s ALMS LMP2 drivers and teams titles to go with their 2010 accolades in LMPC, which included the inaugural drivers championship and Rookie-of-the-Year honors for Tucker.

Qualifying for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. ET on Friday, September 30 and will be available in the U.S. on ESPN3 or outside the U.S. on americanlemans.com. The 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance race is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. The race will air on ABC at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 2. Live coverage will be available in the U.S. on ESPN3 or outside the U.S. on americanlemans.com beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker and Level 5 team Testing Days A Good Sign for Petit Le Mans

Scott Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports team have been taking full advantage of testing days for this weekend’s Petit Le Mans. Racking up the odometers on the team’s brand new Honda prototypes is paramount for the race at Road Atlanta, effectively the championship of the American Le Mans Series, which has been on Tucker’s to-do list all year. The new cars, two Honda Performance Development/Wirth Research-made Le Mans Prototype 2 models, were a long-awaited addition to the team that involved some risk, but one that has proven worthwhile since the cars were rolled out of the box a week ago.

Tucker and teammates took the first-place podium spot at last weekend’s Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship Runoffs at Road America, an historical win for Tucker, who has now won three consecutive Runoffs championships. The race was the HPD ARX-01g’s debut run, but you wouldn’t have known it if the prototype hadn’t been eagerly anticipated in media coverage. The car’s performance was flawless, and so far, at testing for Petit Le Mans, its performance is also consistent.

The team, which includes drivers Tucker, Luis Diaz, Christophe Bouchut, Joao Barbosa and Marino Franchitti, posted the fastest lap times in the first pair of testing days at Road Atlanta. Tucker, Barbosa and Bouchut tackled the first session Sunday in the team’s Microsoft Office-sponsored No. 33 HPD ARX-01g, recording 99 laps, one of which was a class leader at 1:17.799. The same trio posted a solid 1:13.729 during the last session on Monday.

The team’s other entry, the No. 055 HPD ARX-01g, also driven by Tucker along with Franchitti and Diaz, only made an appearance Monday, but what an appearance it was: The drivers again topped the LMP2 class with a 1:13.291. Because only the No. 33 car had been raced before, the practice time was especially important for the No. 55 entry. But its wheel couldn’t have been put in more able hands: Franchitti has extensive experience not only in the LMP2 class but in nearly every iteration of the HPD ARX prototypes, starting with the ARX-01a. Diaz also has a background in the LMP2 class, winning the class championship in 2009 with another team before joining Level 5 in 2011.

The Level 5 Motorsports team has already clinched the LMP2 class championship with the most points scored in the season, so they now look for a podium finish in their LMP2 debut at the 14th annual Petit Le Mans and a powerful delivery from their new prototypes.

“We’re all very happy with how testing has gone,” Tucker said. “Especially since the No. 055 hasn’t seen any track time, we’re extremely pleased with its performance. We have a long week and a long race ahead of us, but I don’t think we could have a better starting position at this point.”

The 10 hours or 1,000 miles of Petit Le Mans will begin Saturday. The Level 5 Motorsports team is well stocked for a sizzling LMP2 debut, having acquired the new prototypes and Franchitti just in time for the competition. Last year at Petit Le Mans, the Level 5 team won the LMP class championship, which bumped them to the LMP2 division. With all the work that’s gone into preparing for Petit Le Mans this season, it’s clear that Tucker and Level 5 are aiming to move up the ranks again and truly compete on the next level of racing.

Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports Targeting LMP2 Victory in Petit Le Mans

As the North American race season comes to a close, Level 5 Motorsports heads into the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the final round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrn season, as one of the teams best positioned for victory.

With the challenging 1,000-mile or 10-hour endurance race still ahead of them, Scott Tucker-led organization return to a two-car operation with a pair of new Microsoft Office 2010-sponsored HPD ARX-01gs. They take on the top LMP2 teams from Europe which have descended upon the famed Road Atlanta circuit for the penultimate Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race of the season.

Following their impressive fourth place overall finish and P 2 Class win at Laguna Seca in the debut of its new cost-capped prototype and Tucker’s third consecutive SCCA National Championship earned last weekend in Road America, Level 5 enters the Road Atlanta enduro with plenty of momentum from the past two weeks of racing.

Tucker will not only be pulling double-duty in both the ILMC-designated No. 33 HPD and the No. 055 cars on Saturday but will also be tackling five support series races, beginning on Thursday. The now four-time national driving champion will be seeking continued success in the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites double-header, as well as the two rounds of the IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama series in his Kelly Moss Motorsports-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

He is also scheduled to participate in the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am event Friday with Level 5’s Ferrari 458 Challenge car. That makes Tucker one of the the busiest drivers in the paddock. While Tucker will have to juggle a packed schedule each day, the ultimate focus will be on delivering success on Saturday as Level 5 seeks to solidify its runner-up position in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP2 championship standings.

Level 5 is looking for back-to-back Petit Le Mans victories after their LMPC win at Road Atlanta last year. They have already locked up this year’s ALMS LMP2 drivers and teams titles to go with their 2010 accolades in LMPC, which included the inaugural drivers championship and Rookie-of-the-Year honors for Tucker.

Qualifying for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. ET on Friday, September 30 and will be available in the U.S. on ESPN3 or outside the U.S. on americanlemans.com. The 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance race is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. The race will air on ABC at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 2. Live coverage will be available in the U.S. on ESPN3 or outside the U.S. on americanlemans.com beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker, Level 5 Win Petit Le Mans, ALMS Championship

Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Joao Barbosa scored a dominant victory in the 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.

With the team’s two Microsoft Office 2010-sponsored HPD ARX-01g’s making their debuts in one of the world’s toughest endurance races, Tucker, Bouchut and Barbosa stuck to their plan of bringing the new LMP2 car home in one piece. It ended with an impressive sixth place finish overall and class victory after a flawless run in the 1,000-mile marathon.

“The competition was real tough today and we knew this was going to be a real big battle for us,” said Tucker. “We still have a lot of work to do on the car but we did a great job with it. Joao and Christophe drove a great race. We didn’t miss a beat. With the car being just three weeks old and having gone through a six-hour race and now a 1,000-mile race as well with no problems, we’re real fortunate with that.”

With the third position on the grid, four-time national driving champion Tucker put the No. 33 car in an early lead, battling with the Signatech ORECA Nissan throughout his solid opening double-stint. The two teams, locked in the fight for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, enjoyed a spirited fight until the Nissan struck mechanical problems in the fifth hour.

With Bouchut and Barbosa putting in consistent stints, most importantly staying out of trouble around the treacherous 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course, the final four and a half hours proved to be clear sailing for the Level 5 team, which took the class victory by a hefty eight lap margin.

“The cars performed well and I’m happy for the entire team on this big win,” said team manager David Stone. “It was unfortunate the Signatech Nissan had a problem with their power steering. Everyone would have enjoyed seeing how the fight would have gone until the end. But we all have those issues once in a while. If we didn’t lose a turbo in our No. 055 car, we may have had two cars on the podium tonight.

The next stop on Level 5 Motorsports’ world tour is the Six Hours of Zhuhai, the seventh and final round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup season. The endurance race in the Guangdong province of China that will close out the exciting sportscar championship is scheduled for November 11-13, with radiolemans.com providing live audio commentary over the weekend.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker Gets Ready for Busy Race Weekend

With their successful two-day test session in preparation for this weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in the books, Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports took a much needed break from on-track action Tuesday as the American Le Mans Series teams continue preparations for the final race of the season.

Level 5 was fastest for both days of testing with a best lap of 1:13.291 during the final session on Monday. That sets the stage for an exciting round of qualifying that is scheduled for Friday afternoon. The time was posted by the No. 055 HPD ARX-01g, which will be driven by Tucker, Luis Diaz and Marino Franchitti. The team’s second entry, the No. 33 HPD ARX-01g with Tucker, Christophe Bouchut and Joao Barbosa sharing the driving duties, finished second in testing.

The ALMS season winds down with Tucker and Level 5 having already clinched the championship in the LMP2 class. But, the event is also part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in which the team currently sits second in points. With one race after this weekend remaining in that series, Level 5 is in a battle for international bragging rights.

Not one to be content with just one car to race on any given weekend, Tucker has set out with an ambitious schedule for this weekend. He also competes in two Cooper Tires Prototype Lites series races, two IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama races and the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series event.

It is back to work as practice resumes Wednesday for all series. Tucker will look to build on his recent SCCA STO Nationals Championship – his third consecutive championship in SCCA competition.

The 14th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance race is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. The race will air on ABC at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 2. Live coverage will be available in the U.S. on ESPN3 or outside the U.S. on americanlemans.com.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker Tireless on Racing Trail

Scott Tucker is known for endurance racing success. But what is seldom discussed the great lengths he goes to find that success. In fact, it is an intercontinental quest.

Tucker is arguably the busiest man in motorsports. The 2011 schedule for Level 5 – which is based in Madison, Wis. – includes events in five different racing series scattered across seven countries around the world. And, he takes to the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, this weekend.

“We have a full plate, that is for sure,” Tucker said. “But, we have a very talented and dedicated team. We race to win every time out and we are not going to shy away from the hard work it takes to get there.”

It takes a lot of racing to have so much success so quickly, and Tucker certainly has accumulated plenty of seat time. In 2011, the Level 5 team competed in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the American Le Mans Series, the Ferrari Challenge Series, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge.

The schedule for Tucker and team is a backbreaker. In June and July alone, Level 5 competed in races in France, Italy, Canada and the United States. There is also a November trip to China for the 6 Hours of Zhuhai.

This year’s world tour began at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, where Level 5 scored top honors in the American Le Mans Series season-opener. After a trip to the streets of Long Beach, California, the team crossed the Atlantic to take part in the official one-day test at Le Mans. Two weeks later, Level 5 was back in Europe competing in the second round of the ILMC at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

If there is a sports car race, you can bet Tucker has considered participating. At the Road Race Showcase at Road America in Wisconsin, he drove in six races in four different series. In addition to the four-hour ALMS race, Tucker competed in the IMSA Prototype Lites, the IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama and the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am races, earning four podium finishes and a victory in the Trans-Am T2 class.

“It’s a tireless effort for Scott. But, that shows his dedication to this race team and his desire to win,” Level 5 Motorsports Team Manager David Stone said. “Whether it’s testing, racing in the ALMS, the ILMC or the Ferrari Challenge Series, Scott has proven that he’s up to the task. And, it is not just about showing up. The team is always prepared to perform at a high level.”

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Level 5’s unique practice perspective: Only racing makes perfect.

Earlier this year, the Scott Tucker-owned racing team Level 5 Motorsports prepared for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an historic endurance race in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup series. Like any team, Level 5 aimed to win. But curiously, the team opted out of the option to qualify for a starting position in the race, instead accepting the dead last position for its two Microsoft Office-sponsored LMP2 cars, Nos. 55 and 95.

“Qualifying for a 24-hour race is meaningless,” said a Level 5 mechanic at the time. “Anything that’s not directly related to winning, we’re going to opt out of.”

It’s true; in a day-long event, starting position isn’t the most crucial element. But declining to qualify is not to say that the practice involved in driving laps prior to a race isn’t essential to success in professional motorsports. Specifically, it’s the kind of laps you drive.

The practice sessions open to teams in the days leading up to races are a critical time to get to know an unfamiliar track and maximize the efficiency of driver changes and pit stops. And, for Tucker and Level 5, practice is an opportunity to get a feel for a new car, a factor the team has faced numerous times in its existence.

Most recently, the team unveiled its new LMP2 cost-capped Honda chassis at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on Sept. 17. The mere hours of road time the car experienced before the race were valuable indicators of how the car would perform in the race, another benefit of practice time.

But generally, the Level 5 team stays true to its mechanic’s word: Practice is nothing if it doesn’t make perfect. That’s one of the reasons the team runs two Le Mans Prototype entries in every race-when Tucker started Level 5 Motorsports in 2008, he was only two years into his professional racing career, and he needed practice. But he also wasn’t willing to waste time completing meaningless laps around a track against no competitors.

“From the time and energy I spend practicing, it just makes more sense to enter two cars in the races,” Tucker said. “Not only that, but it’s actually beneficial to run two cars. When you’re out there practicing, you’re not racing against anybody. When you look at it logically, it’s much smarter from a time perspective and infrastructure perspective, not to mention that you get extra racing seat time.”

To Tucker, the most valuable practice experiences have been those in actual race situations. Although practice sessions have proven useful to the Level 5 team when it wants to survey a new car’s capabilities, the team typically treats each and every mile on the track as an opportunity for a world-class win. That strategy has worked for the team, who now enters the pinnacle of the 2011 season-with the SCCA Runoffs, Petit Le Mans and the 6 Hours of Zhuhai in China left to go-after two years of continuously increasing success.

Although Tucker was 44 when he took the wheel for his first professional race in 2006, his race-only mindset strategy has quickly made up the time he never had to build his career. His success has skyrocketed in just the past 5 years. The results can’t be ignored: He’s a three-time national champion; 2010 ALMS rookie of the year; two-time T1 division national champion, going for a third this weekend; three-time Ferrari Challenge Series champion; and holder of a record 10 wins in the FC series.

Entering his career, Tucker clearly had his accelerator to the floor. He quickly joined endurance veteran Christophe Bouchut, who acted as his mentor in addition to his driving partner. Tucker has always driven with the cream of the elite motorsports crop, a strategy that has allowed him some room to develop as a driver while still being making plenty of podium appearances. The winning mindset he has maintained since day one has helped him become an elite driver in only a handful of years. As Tucker’s team makes its LMP2 debut in the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans next weekend, it will compete against some of the fastest, most experienced drivers in the industry. For Level 5 Motorsports, it should be a good practice

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Scott Tucker, Level 5 Offer Behind the Scenes Insight at Petit Le Mans

The American Le Mans Series comes to a close with the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton, Ga. The endurance racing classic a popular race with race fans the world over due to its tight competition and dramatic racing action.

This year, SPEED.com has offers fans some great insight with video blogs from some of racing’s biggest names. Scott Tucker and his Level 5 Motorsports teammates Christophe Bouchut, Marino Franchitti, Joao Barbosa and Luis Diaz are featured as part of the series on the motorsports website.

With a variety of viewing options available to fans – including live coverage on ESPN 3 and tape-delayed coverage on ABC – this year promises to be among the most interactive races ever. In addition to the video blogs on SPEED, the popular motorsports website InsideMotorsports.com is also offering great behind the scenes access to the Level 5 crew.

With updates throughout the weekend and live coverage during the race, fans unable to attend in person will have their share of choices to enjoy all of the action from trackside. As the American racing season comes to a close, the Petit Le Mans is the last chance to catch Tucker and the entire Level 5 crew in action on American soil in their pair of HPD ARX-01g race cars.

The team will then begin preparations for the final event in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in Zhuhai, China in November. The 2011 season marked Level 5’s debut in the LMP2 class on the international racing scene. It also marked the first time in a quarter century that an american team has contested a prototype on the international stage.

With the LMP2 class championship already wrapped up in the ALMS, Level 5 currently sits second in the ILMC point standings.

Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Tucker’s overflowing schedule is testament to his commitment to each series

There’s commitment, and there’s overcommitment. Scott Tucker’s racing schedule, for most people, would be overcommitment. Competing in five series in seven countries for the 2011 season, Tucker has been literally all over the map for the past 10 months. But for Tucker, his racing schedule-which includes the Grand-Am Rolex series, the American Le Mans Series, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup series, the Ferrari Challenge series and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series-is truly evident of simply commitment. The schedule doesn’t overwhelm him because he’s doing it for the sole reason that he enjoys it. The sometimes four-race weekends don’t stress him out because he wants to be at each and every one. There is perhaps no better way to illustrate Tucker’s commitment to all of the series and cars that have gotten him where he is today than to look at his five-year relationship with Ferrari, where everything started.

Now, Tucker is a three-time national driving champion who has competed in some of the newest, fastest cars in the industry and stood at podium next to the racing veterans who have been doing it the longest. But just five short years ago, Tucker was climbing into the driver’s seat of a Ferrari for his first full season as a race car driver, in the Ferrari Challenge series. He raced at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and later he took fifth place at Portland International Raceway, his best finish of the season. He then took third in one of the two North American races at the World Finals in Italy.

Tucker drove Ferrari again in 2007 for his second full season of the Ferrari Challenge. In May of that year, he nabbed his first career win at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Tucker then created his Level 5 Motorsports team in 2008, entering the FC series as both owner and driver. He took his Ferrari to the top six times in the 13-race season and finished second overall in the final drivers’ standings, and then won both of the two North American races at World Finals. Tucker took a Ferrari V8 Crawford GT to four Rolex Sports Car Series races in the same season. In 2009, Tucker won 10 races, which made him the winningest driver in Ferrari Challenge’s history. His Boardwalk Ferrari team won the Dealer’s Championship.

When Tucker decided to pursue even more prestigious racing events, including the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the American Le Mans Series, he knew his increasing opportunities were in part thanks to his success with Ferrari. Not only that, but he still loved racing Ferraris. So to ditch his Ferrari career after finding so much success in the series was never an option. Even as he added four additional series to his racing schedule, along with cutting-edge supercars in the Le Mans Prototype classes, Ferrari always made the list, too. Tucker has raced in up to four different races in a single race weekend to accommodate all of his commitments.

In 2010, Tucker began a partnership with Ferrari to test and develop its new 599XX for the 2011 season. Tucker’s new No. 55 Ferrari 599XX improved the mechanics, technical specifications, technology and speed of its predecessors. The fact that he not only raced for Ferrari while racing in four other series but also spent time creating a new car with the program is testament to Tucker’s solid ties to Ferrari. Without Ferrari, he might never have ignited an engine on the race track, and he isn’t ignorant to the fact. As his schedule permits, he will continue to race in the Ferrari Challenge series just as he did five years ago.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Tucker’s new Honda isn’t the first cutting-edge set of wheels he’s had

Level 5 Motorsports owner Scott Tucker isn’t just a professional sports car driver; he’s a sports car man, by nature drawn to the powerful engines and maneuverability of the fastest cars on the planet. In fact, before he raced professionally, Tucker built a veritable sports car museum in his Leawood, Kansas home.

Now that he is on the circuit, Tucker’s passion for racecars is less so diminished than it is amplified. Tucker has quickly accepted every opportunity to get behind the wheel of the latest and greatest productions from some of the highest regarded manufacturers in the industry. Tucker’s latest acquisition, a cost-capped chassis by Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research, made an exciting debut last weekend at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. The car, which sports modifications allowing for greater increases in speed than its older LMP2 counterparts, ran like a charm and delivered on its promises with the talented Level 5 drivers behind the wheel. The HPD ARX-01g was fresh out of the box for its motorsports debut because Tucker had reserved the first two models out of production for his team, which also comprises Luis Diaz and Christophe Bouchut.

Ever the proactive team owner, Tucker keeps his finger on the pulse of motorsports innovation, development and production. He had been following the Honda prototype’s testing and specifications closely before he decided it would be worth switching to the new model in the middle of the current season. But the HPD ARX-01g is hardly the first time Tucker’s driven on the cutting edge of racing vehicles. His lifelong interest in the cars has translated into a unique facet to his professional racing career as owner and driver for his Madison, Wisc.-based team: As much as he’s driving the cars, he’s scouting them, too.

Tucker began his sports car racing career with Ferrari in 2006 at the age of 44. As he got a feel for the track, he began making podium appearances, finishing first at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., by the 2007 season, his second full season. Even as he created Level 5 Motorsports in 2008 and began building a superteam of elite drivers with a heavier focus on ALMS, ILMC and Grand-Am competition, Tucker was committed to the Ferrari Challenge series. Since last year, he has contributed to Ferrari North America in testing and developing the Ferrari 599XX for the 2011 season. With a focus on technology, mechanical and technical features and clever design applied in a modern way, Tucker and the Ferarri team developed a car Tucker himself was excited to drive. “The gas pedal is real sensitive on that thing,” Tucker said. “There’s just so much power, you have to be gentle. It’s almost a 50/50 equal balance, and the way they’ve done it, it’s just a whole new generation of GT cars.”

Perhaps one of Tucker’s most envy-evoking moves, though, was to be the first American allowed behind the wheel of one of Audi’s multimillion-dollar, 200-mph diesel prototypes on a race track. Thanks in part to his connection with series veteran Bouchut, Tucker scored the driver’s seat in one of Audi’s R10 diesel prototypes in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans. And it wasn’t an easy task; in order to even qualify for the race, Tucker had to complete a minimum of 10 laps-the same amount as a driver’s stint in the actual race-and maintain speed at a certain percentage of the class’s fast time. Tucker took advantage of his historic opportunity and delivered a performance that got the world of motorsports talking about the middle-aged rookie from Leawood, Kansas that could drive with the best of them.

Tucker’s reputation for getting his hands on the wheels of some of the most impressive car in the industry is directly related to his unrelenting pursuit of victory-in his driver roster, vehicle quality and also his own development as a motorsports star. Still, at 48, Tucker reveals a sense of the man he was before he made his mark in sports racing. Although its performance is important to podium finishes and the Level 5 Motorsports LMP2 reputation, to Tucker, the HPD ARX-01g is ultimately one thing: another really cool car.

Scott Tucker, the entrepreneur, investor, and racing champion has been featured by almost every major media outlet. Racing’s One-in-a-Million Story at the Wall Street Journal

Tips On Planning For A Cruise

Sailing and cruising are some of the most exciting and fascinating ways of having a vacation. In the past, only the more affluent people were able to enjoy the luxury of cruise sailing. But with the rise of the cruise industry, this market has become more open and accessible to the public.

There are so many cruise deals to be found in the web, for instance cruises from Southampton, so you will certainly not struggle to find something that is right for you. To make sure that your trip is a memorable and not a stressful one, read this and learn some tips.

Among the first things you prepare before going on a holiday getaway is your luggage. Of course you would want your cruise trip to be as fun as possible, and without too many things to carry along. So you should come up with a list of all the items you need to bring. As you board the cruise ship and enter your cabin, try to save as much space as possible. You wouldn’t want to see your things tumbling here and there as the ship moves. Most cabins in vessels for cruise from Southampton include counters and sufficient space for the guests’ luggage thus all you have to is organize your items in all the closets and space provided.

You also have to know that big cruise ships can also be affected by choppy waters. So if you have a motion sickness, make sure that you have your pills or any other means of relief from dizziness. You don’t have to worry about getting sick on the ship as there are lots of qualified medical staff on cruises from Southampton. You should not hesitate at all to get the help you need.

Another consideration you have to pay attention to is the security of your belongings. But you don’t need to bother about that since cruise ships and trips like cruise from Southampton offer fake ‘charge cards’ to all their guests. These cards are used by guests for all the purchases they do on board. Cash is hardly used on cruise ships mainly for security purposes. Keeping all these in mind will guarantee a fun filled cruise trip.

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How To Be Frugal The Smart Way

One needs to save money, especially in these tough economic times. This means that you have to cut down on buying unnecessary things. This is not to say however that you should be overly parsimonious. You can, and should, enjoy occassional luxuries however, keep that in check otherwise you’ll see your bank balance depleting within no time! The best middle ground is to find out ways to enjoy these luxuries; albeit in a fashion that it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Using coupons or discount vouchers is a very good way to shop wisely. Finding them is not exactly the easiest task, but the rewards you get when you use them at checkout are definitely worth the time and effort you put in. Newspapers and magazines are some sources of these discount vouchers. Some companies run discounts occassionally; you can find these coupons on the products in those cases.

Internet is another excellent way to find these sites. Companies usually post printable coupons and codes on their websites, social networking sites, and in coupon aggregator websites. There are different types of these though — printable coupons, for example, are used for walk-in purchases. You may key-in the discount codes to get discounts. By using these, you can easily get your favorite item for less.

With a Bob Evans coupon, you can easily make your purchases slightly less costly. Bob Evans coupons are really sought-after because the products they sell, both in their restaurants as well as refrigerator and freezer sections of grocery stores, always have that distinct farm-fresh goodness.

You can find these on their site, on their newsletter, or on their social networking accounts! In fact, between May 2010 and April 2011 they have given out $65 worth of Bob Evans coupons and product discounts to subscribers. While you can order online, the company doesn’t do deliveries. They instead have a carry out service and you can use your Bob Evans coupon upon pickup.

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A Wheeled Computer Bag Is A Stress Reliever

If you need a bag in which to carry your laptop, a wheeled computer bag is a good one to consider. They are available in a lot more styles as well as sizes than previously. There are lots of reasons for looking into these kinds of bags.

A principal reason why these bags are so good is a matter of ergonomics. When you use a computer, in particular a laptop, a great deal of muscle tension in your shoulders, upper back and neck can be the result. When a laptop is carried in a bag that goes over your shoulder, even more problems can result.

When a wheeled bag is used, a lot of that stress on your body is removed. Some wheeled bags can also be used as backpacks. This is especially convenient if you have to take it a short distance or on terrain where wheeling it is impossible.

The bags can vary in material, size and style. Take a moment to think about what you are going to carry in the bag so you get a feel for the space you are going to need. You might want to start carrying less bags but you also don’t want to make the one too heavy, even if you will be wheeling it for the most part.

The bags can be detached from the wheels so they double well as briefcases. They can come with varying amounts and sizes of pockets so you can put smaller items like keys and money in them easily. This may help women avoid carrying a purse as well.

Some bags have a more utilitarian look, while others are extremely stylish. They even come in a variety of colors, rather than just black and brown. Some styles will likely appeal more to women or to men. However, there is enough variety that most people will be able to find a wheeled computer bag that works for their needs and their tastes.

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Why Carry A School Messenger Bag When Traveling By Train?

With so many messenger bags on the market today, it is often hard to know what one is looking for in a school messenger bag. In addition, unless one knows the color, size and shape of the bag one is hoping to find, along with the dimensions of a laptop or other items one wishes to carry in same, one may often end up wit a bag that is too large, or, too small. As such, individuals who may be carrying only books and notebooks may not need as big a bag as someone who carries and travels with a laptop or other computer equipment on a regular basis. Regardless, knowing such information can often expedite the shopping experience while making same a great deal more pleasurable overall.

Of course, along with this information, while shopping for such a bag, one wants to assure that any latches or zippers are also strong and secure. For, the contents of such a bag are only as safe and secure as the bag itself. Therefore, it is important that individuals check for both detail and quality when shopping for same.

Also, while there are a number of styles on the market, one which is currently quite popular is that of the SouthPort Silver bag which host both top and side entry panels. As such, one can access items inside the bag quickly and easily either from the top panel or the bottom. Which, in this day with such fast and invasive airport searches, many are finding to be a great style to carry, whether for books, notebooks, papers or a laptop.

Also, while the dual access bag is great for laptops up to 15.4 inches in size, those with larger items or laptops may prefer to browse through a variety of such bags until one can find the one which is appropriate for such items. However, this bag offers a few features one may also want to look for in other bags, such as removable computer sleeves, an under the flap organizer with space along with rear pockets for smaller items such as ear plugs, pens and pencils. Regardless, one might want to assure the bag one purchases comes with both a hand and shoulder strap, as it is far easier to travel with such a bag when one has the ability to adjust how one carries same over time.

Of course, one of the most important aspects of such a bag is not what it can carry inside but what materials it is made of both inside and out. For, regardless as to the color, size and style of the bag, if it gets wet without waterproofing, often such bags can be ruined for life. However, if one purchases waterproofing along with such a bag, then often one is protected against the elements, at least to some degree.

Of particular concern with regards to damage is that of many leather and vinyl messenger bags on the market. For, often if leather or vinyl gets wet, there is no way to repair same. In addition, contents inside such a bag are only as strong as the bag itself when it comes to preventing such damage. Therefore, it is of great importance that whether one buy a fabric or leather bag that one take proper care of such bag, follow all care and cleaning guidelines, and have such bags waterproofed either at the time of purchase or by applying a waterproofing agent once one returns home.

Therefore, while knowing the details in relation to the color, size, and weight, along with dimensions of any items one intends on carrying in such a bag are important, so too is the importance of easy access, materials which such a bag is made of, as well as the ability to lock such a bag when one may be away from same during travel. For, unless one takes care of such a bag, the contents of the bag as well as the bag itself may be at greater risk due to the possibility of loss or damage over time. To this end, it is good to know such details when shopping for a school messenger bag, as in doing so one can save a great deal of time and money during the process.

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Stylish Leather Or Nylon Rolling Laptop Cases For Easier Travel

Many people today own laptop computers. They have become so powerful and affordable that it’s almost hard to justify not having one. We also tend to travel with them more often. They get loaded with so much of our stuff that it is almost like your whole life is coming along with you. On the one hand, the computer is just one more thing to deal with on the road. On the other hand, buying one of the many rolling laptop cases on the market today may make it not that much of a chore.

Some sort of laptop case is important to have if you are frequently traveling with a laptop. A number of different styles are available. The theft of a laptop can be a significant risk when traveling. One way to mitigate this risk is to use a laptop case that doesn’t look like a laptop case.

There are many cases available that don’t look that much like a laptop case. Duffel bags, backpacks, and briefcases are some to consider. A rolling laptop cases is a good option if you are traveling overnight or longer and thus need to bring more stuff. Another indicator for having a roller would be if your trip involves a lot of walking.

There are more benefits to the rolling design than just the freedom from lifting. Many of them are custom designed to fit particular needs. If you are going to be flying, you could consider one that has reasonable storage capacity, but is small enough to be a carry on. For many trips, a bag like that might be your only luggage needed.

Suppose that on some of your trips a roller doesn’t really give you much benefit. You could look at one of the cases that has detachable wheels and handles. That way if you don’t need them you don’t have to carry them, so you have a smaller and lighter burden.

The backpack with detachable wheels and handle is uncommon but could be handy. Suppose some of your trips involve walking through areas that are too rough for wheels. You could at least carry the weight of the case on your back instead of on your arm.

Designs in either leather or nylon can be found. Leather is both stylish and strong. Nylon is very strong and durable. Some cases can be had in quite a few different colors.

Some cases have a rather unisex appearance. Others seem to be designed for use by women. In either case they present an image of careful design and skilled construction. The large number of choices suggests that just about anyone should be happy with at least one of them.

Hopefully this brief summary will encourage you to consider your forthcoming travel plans and what kind of luggage will best meet your needs. Check out the rolling laptop cases if it seems that one would be useful to you. Just visualize walking through a large airport with a bag rolling next to you rather than dragging down your arm or your back.

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